October Quick Reviews (Fury, The Judge, Dracula Untold)


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The film goes through several war film clichés. Because of that, you won’t miss anything groundbreaking if you manage to never see this film. But along with a strong cast and solid pacing, the action sequences are striking and vivid. More gruesome than many war films, it undoubtedly earns it’s ‘R’ rating, but all of the horrifying imagery is necessary in conveying it’s dog eat dog theme. FINAL GRADE: B+


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Robert Duvall stars as Joseph Palmer, a stubborn, elderly judge in a small town in Indiana who is forced to seek the help of his estranged son after he is charged with a hit and run. The courtroom elements can get a bit cartoony, especially when Billy Bob Thornton’s prosecuting Dwight Dickham comes into the picture, but the film is nonetheless solid. The family drama will tug at your heartstrings and Duvall and RDJ are both naturally brilliant. FINAL GRADE: B


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A film like this isn’t meant to have groundbreaking plot, but it would’ve been nice if the script didn’t seem razor-thin. Playing out like a super hero origin story, this movie feels more like Ghost Rider than Blade. While Evans is a solid actor, the story seems to clunk along from one action sequence to the next without much explanation or purpose. None of the characters are developed other than the Impaler himself, and even the action sequences are reduced to the same old tricks each time. After a while, even turning into a swarm of bats gets old when we’ve seen it throughout the trailer. In the end, this film is a clear case of wasted potential. FINAL GRADE: C-

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